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Women held at knifepoint during robbery

Detectives are investigating after two women were held at knife point during an armed robbery at a newsagents in Essex this morning.

Police were called to Martins on Whitmore Way, Basildon, at 5.45am.

Location of armed robbery in Basildon Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Two male suspects forced their way into the rear of the premises while staff were collecting the newspaper delivery and held the two female staff members, one of whom is in her 80s, at knifepoint and demanded money from the safe."

– Sgt Patrick Walsh

The pair got away with approximately £2,000 in cash from the safe.

The members of staff were shocked but not injured.

Police say one of the suspects may have been black, in his 20s, slim and about 6ft tall, wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a black puffa jacket with the hood up and had a stripy scarf of different colours wrapped around his face.

The second suspect may have been black, in his 20s, of slim build and about 6ft tall, wearing all black clothing and his face was covered, possibly with a scarf.

Witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to call Basildon CID on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or

Health watchdog Monitor to investigate Basildon Hospital finances

An investigation has been launched into the finances of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals. Credit: PA

The Health watchdog Monitor has launched an investigation into the finances of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals.

They had removed the Trust from special measures earlier this year after they were satisfied that the quality of the hospital's health services had improved.

Now, Monitor say they want to find out why the financial losses at the Trust are likely to be much higher than previously thought.

“Basildon and Thurrock has made great progress in improving its services for patients, but it appears to be struggling financially.

We want to find out why the trust’s finances are deteriorating and ensure its leadership is taking appropriate action to address this challenge.”

– Laura Mills, Monitor Deputy Regional Director

It follows the news last week that two foundation trusts in Norfolk and Suffolk are also being investigated by Monitor.

CCTV image released following racial attack

Detectives investigating an incident in Basildon, where three men were subjected to racial abuse and assaulted, would like to identify the people in this CCTV image.

CCTV image released. Credit: Essex Police

The victims were walking past a parade of shops in Whitmore Way, on their way back to a Christian assembly event at a local church, at about 12.05am on Saturday 27 September, when a man started shouting abuse at them.

All three victims, who live locally and are aged between 34 and 54, were then punched by the man. Two later required treatment at Basildon Hospital.

Anyone who can identify the people in the image is asked to contact Dc Alex King at Basildon CID on 101. They can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police investigate after man carjacked at gunpoint

Essex Police Credit: PA

Police are investigating an apparent gunpoint carjacking in Basildon in Essex.

The attack happened at around 12:45 this morning at Petunia Close when a man driving a black Vauxhall Corsa near the junction with Little Oxcroft was forced to stop after a silver Fiat 500 braked ahead of him.

Four men, one holding what appeared to be a silver handgun, jumped from the Fiat and told the victim to get out of his car.

The victim tried to fight back but was punched at least 10 times. He managed to escape and ran off, chased briefly by two of the group. When he was able to return to the scene of the assault both cars had gone.

This was a particularly vicious attack in which the driver was first threatened by a man with some sort of handgun, then by all four who punched him when he tried to fight back.

We want to hear from any witnesses who saw the incident or anyone who saw the Fiat in the area at the time or both cars leaving the area. Three black men a and a white man were involved in the attack”.

– DC Steve Dawkins, Essex Police

Anyone with information should contact DC Dawkins at Basildon CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Taxi drivers being trained to spot 'vulnerable passengers'

Taxi drivers in an Essex town are being trained to spot the signs of vulnerable passengers who might be suffering from abuse.

Taxi light Credit: PA Images

Basildon Council is handing out leaflets to licensed cabbies, encouraging them to report any signs that vulnerable children or adults might be suffering from abuse, neglect or exploitation.

We all have a part to play in raising awareness of abuse, neglect and the exploitation of children and vulnerable adults with the relevant agencies.

This leaflet is just one of the ways in which Basildon Council is working to protect children and vulnerable adults in our Borough from harm and abuse.

– Cllr Terri Sargent, cabinet member responsible for safeguarding.

Basildon assault: Do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to the man pictured, anyone with information to contact Pc Jo Phillips at Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police are appealing for help in identifying a man they want to speak to in connection with the assault of a woman in Basildon on July 20.

Shortly before 3am a woman in her 50s was pushed to the ground and kicked in the ribs in Colors nightclub. She was taken to hospital with internal bruising.

Police want to speak to the man pictured and ask anyone with information to contact Pc Jo Phillips at Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Policeman sacked after mistakes were made on domestic violence paperwork

A police officer from Essex has been sacked after a domestic violence form error meant a victim was deemed to be at medium risk instead of high.

He was based in the Basildon area.

Today, a misconduct panel found the policeman had committed a "serious breach of professional standards".

The allegations against him related to a domestic violence call-out in Essex.

Because the officer did not have the correct paperwork with him, he decided to fill out a form once back at his station based on some of the answers the victim had given him.

It led to the "DV1" form being incorrectly graded as medium risk when it should have been high, an Essex Police spokesman said.

The officer had previously received two written warnings and was also on a final written warning at the time of the misconduct.

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